Whether you are completely new to Scouting or were a Scout yourself, you will no doubt enjoy sharing your child’s Scouting experience. Scouting is a great way for families to participate in new adventures and activities together – why not encourage older siblings, grandparents or other relatives to get involved as well? You will meet other like-minded people, and like your children, you may even make friends for life!
Many parents become trained Leaders, but there are also plenty of other ways that parents can get involved or contribute to the Group without committing to a uniformed Leadership role.
Parents can help by:
- Joining the Group Committee and/or assisting with administration
- Helping to fundraise for the Group
- Assisting with Scout Hall set up or clean up
- Helping with DIY jobs or gardening at the Scout Hall or Boatshed
- Organising a Group excursion to your workplace
- Offering your unique talents and skills for a Group theme night
- Providing transport
- Showing interest and encouragement
Don’t be afraid to offer your practical support, or to ask the Leaders at your Group how you can contribute. If you are unable to commit to assisting the group when required, a nominal fee may be requested to cover additional resources (help) in your absence.
In addition, if your child is to get the full benefit from the Cub Scout Program, parents must play a part in the gaining of badges.
How you can help your child in Scout?
Learn and understand what is required of your Scout for working towards their Peak Award (if they wish). More information can be found on this website. Please provide help if it is needed. The more your child can manage without help, the better. BUT it is better for your Cub Scout to find satisfaction under your guidance than to be continually frustrated by repeated failures.
GUIDANCE, ENCOURAGEMENT & SUPPORT are the key words.
Don’t DO it for your Cub Scout, rather show him/her HOW to do it.
Although the Leaders try to provide as much instruction as possible, there are many things that must be done at home, and we must rely on support and back up from the family.